Nearly 70 volunteers from CSX, its national service partners Action for Healthy Kids, City Year and Alliance for Community Trees, and community and school representatives gathered at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to enhance school facilities.
The event showcased how CSX aims to build a better tomorrow "Beyond Our Rails" by working to enhance four key areas: safety, community, environment, and health and wellness. Throughout the morning, volunteers painted safety murals in the hallways; created playground stencils and restored a basketball court; built a school garden and greenhouse; and planted trees.
That same day, CSX also provided a grant to the Alliance for Community Trees to plant additional native trees at University Park Elementary School, and sponsored the Anacostia Watershed Society's annual Earth Day Anacostia River Clean-Up.
"The events are an example of how passionate our employees are about giving back to the community," said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice president-corporate social responsibility. "By working with service partners across our network, we're able to make a positive impact in the daily lives of the employees, customers and neighbors in the communities where we live and work."
"We are proud to work together with CSX and our local community partners to increase physical activity among students and foster lifelong healthy habits that lead to academic success," said Rob Bisceglie, CEO of Action for Healthy Kids. "Saturday's event was a perfect ending to 'Every Kid Healthy Week,' which showcased the great work schools like Burrville Elementary are doing to improve the health of their schools and the students they serve."
Volunteers, employees and neighbors were also encouraged to join #LocalMotive, an ongoing conversation to highlight examples of CSX's presence in the communities it serves through service and volunteerism, job creation, and moving the goods that are essential for the economy. View the conversation online at www.beyondourrails.org/localmotive.
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